John called people to repent, to clear the decks, to completely reorder their lives so that nothing would get in the way of the Lord’s coming. The reading from Isaiah gives the context for this radical call: the assurance of forgiveness that encourages us to repent; the promise that the coming one will be gentle with the little ones. Isaiah calls us all to be heralds with John, to lift up our voices fearlessly and say, “See, your God is coming!” We say it to one another in worship, in order to say it with our lives in a world in need of justice and peace.
Order Poinsettias now to be placed in the sanctuary during worship at Christmas. Poinsettias may be given in memory of loved ones, in honor of blessed events or as a gift. Cost is $18.50 to be paid at the church office. Please include the appropriate notation to be printed in the bulletin. Order by Monday, Dec. 18.
Sign up in the narthex or reply to this email if you are able to usher, serve communion, or lector at any of the Christmas Eve services at 8:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. or the Christmas Day service at 10 a.m.
Sponsor a radio broadcast of our 8:30 a.m. Sunday service. Sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex or call or email the church office at 352-3850. Openings are available Dec. 17, 24 and 31. Cost is $125.
Giving Tree Ornaments have been placed on the tree near the sanctuary. Please take time to look through the ornaments and see if there are ways you can help this Christmas season. Please drop unwrapped gifts off at the church by Dec. 20.
As we approach the end of the calendar year, it is important for all members to remain current in their giving. If you have questions regarding your giving or would like a statement of your current offering, please contact Becky McRobie by phone at 352-3850 or by email at email@example.com.
Pr. Arthur and Aaron Bixby will be hosting two more pastor treasurer town hall meetings on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 4:30 p.m. in the sanctuary and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 9:45 a.m. in the sanctuary. Pr. Arthur and Aaron will be sharing our year end financials, the challenges ahead and the path forward with the finances of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School. Please plan to attend.
SCRIP cards are now available in smaller denominations, perfect for holiday gifts! SCRIP is a program designed to benefit the School Fund requiring minimal effort. St. Paul’s purchases gift cards (SCRIP) at a discount and sells the cards at face value. The discount can range from two to 15 percent. To order ...
Blue and Red Groups Christmas Party will take place on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m. at Ledges #4. Please bring an hors d'oeuvre to share. Call Shirley Schutte at 352-1730, Janice Hughes at 939-4348 or Audrey Lage at 352-2104 with questions.
On Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m., St. Paul's Chancel Choir will present "The Time is Drawing Nigh," an evening of spirituals, scripture, and poetry reflecting on our communal desires for salvation and social justice both inside and outside our church walls. In addition, Advent Soup Supper will be offered from 5-6:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Free will donation will be accepted. ...
Gather at the table for a soup lunch to support students making the trip to Washington D.C. The soup lunch will be Sunday, Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free will donations at the annual soup lunch at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will directly benefit the sixth-grade capstone trip.
December Ladies Night Out will be on Dec. 14, which is also “Christmas on Main” in Waverly. We will meet at the East Bremer Diner at 7 p.m., which will allow enough time for those who wish to “walk the streets” before we gather. If you have never attended a Ladies Night Out, please come. There is no agenda, no lessons, no homework; just a fun time of adult female conversation.
The God Zone Children's Christmas Program will be held on Sunday, Dec. 17 during the 11 a.m. Rejoice service. Rehearsals will take place during God Zone time throughout the month of December. Parents will be receiving more detailed information from Deb Bachman, director of Children's Ministry. If you would like your child to participate and they are not in God Zone, please contact Deb Bachman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Advent Services Family Advent services will be held on Wednesday Dec. 13 starting at 5:45 p.m. in the chapel. We will be focusing on the stories of the angels’ announcements to Mary and Joseph and of John the Baptist. Families with children of all ages are invited to attend. The service consists of music, a Bile memory verse, and sharing of scripture and prayers. Services typically last 20 minutes and will be led by Pr. Arthur, Deb Bachman and Dani Vogel.
The mission board is partnering with Lutheran Services of Iowa to collect coats, jackets, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, boots and snow pants to support 700 families and approximately 1400 children this winter. All sizes are needed. You can also check out the refugee needs list at lsiowa.org for other items needed. Place gently worn, clean items in the large box in the narthex or in the box near the school and church entrance.
Currently, St. Paul's is seeking donations to complete LWR Kits. Personal care kits, baby care kits and school kits are being assembled. Large baby sleepers/ gowns are high-need items. Monetary donations are also welcome. Your gifts are deeply appreciated by people in need across the world. Find a full list of the items needed to complete the kits by clicking here or find it on cards in the pews.
What’s this 65 percent tax credit and School Tuition Organization (STO) all about? It’s about supporting Christian education for St. Paul's Lutheran Church & School and making the most out of your charitable contribution. ...
With more people in worship, we need to add a permanent third station at our 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. With that in mind, we need more communion assisting ministers. Communion assisting ministers distribute the bread and wine to God's people. Everyone who signs up will be trained by Pr. Arthur Bergren, lead pastor. Sign up online or email the church office at email@example.com.
Stir up your power, and come! The psalmist’s plea in Psalm 80:2 has become familiar to us in the Advent prayers. Isaiah wants God to rip the heavens open. Both cry out for an apparently distant, angry God to show up, to save, to restore. When we hear Jesus describing the coming of the Son of Man with stars falling from heaven, it can sound dire and horrible, not like anything we would ever hope for. But when we really look at the suffering of people God loves, we can share the hope that God would tear open the heavens and come.
St. Paul's Giving Tree applications are now available at both welcome desks in the church. St. Paul's Giving Tree allows families a way to provide gifts for their children over the holidays. Please return applications to one of the drop boxes located near the welcome desks or deliver it to the church office during office hours. Applications will be accepted through Dec 2. Up to three gifts per individual will be provided in addition to bags and or wrapping paper.
Please watch your mail in the coming weeks for thank you letters to all members who completed estimate of giving forms and follow up letters to all members who do not have completed forms. Estimate of giving forms can be found in the ushers room and church office.